It's business time for Bruce Pearl

Originally Published: September 1, 2011
By DJ Gallo | Page 2

Former Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl has a new job. He has been named VP of marketing at H.T. Hackney Co., a wholesale grocery distributor based in Knoxville, Tenn.

H.T. Hackney has nearly $4 billion in annual revenue, some 3,400 employees and operates in 21 states. Why name a career basketball coach VP of marketing? In a news release announcing the hiring, H.T. Hackney cited the fact that Pearl was a marketing and economics major at Boston College. Really. It did.

One can only imagine how Pearl might present his marketing plan in his first meeting with the company's other executives.

Let's fire up PowerPoint!

Page 2 illustrator Kurt Snibbe made these PowerPoint slides look extra PowerPointy.

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